Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pioneer (Belenois aurota taprobana)

Pioneer is a common butterfly found in the dry zone of low lands and sometime in wet zone, though not common in all year rounds. Its best months appear to be between September and February (The Butterflies of Ceylon - D'abrera 1998).  It joins with migrating flights during North-East monsoons and mud-pudding with other species can be observed too. Its larva feeds on plants of Capparaceae family such as Capparis sepiaria, Capparis zeylanica[Sudu Welangiriya] (An Illustrated guide to the Butterflies of Sri Lanka _Rajika Gamage  2007)

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